Every post seems to be New Music posts this year – I need to get out more and start sharing some of Brighton’s live scene as well as our beautiful city’s recorded efforts. Hopefully that will be remedied tomorrow night at the Hope & Ruin, when AK/DK and Frost are playing. It’s sold out apparently, so there’s no need for me to give it a plug. Oh. Anyway, onto the music you will be able to hear. First up is a new band made up from a lot of familiar faces. You might have seen Etienne Rodes playing bass with Clowwns, or possibly with Imitation Electric Piano. He’s made an album with his brother Adrien under the name Brother Twain and roped in some of Brighton’s finest talent to join him. Fellow Clowwns bandmates Miles Heathfield and Damo Waters are on the record, alongside the likes of Mary Hampton, Alastair Strachan and many more. The record is up on bandcamp now and you can hear the opener Simple Pleasures below. The band play their debut gig at the Brunswick on 25th March.
January was a fairly quiet month for new music, so our second post of the year has taken until February. We’re going to start large, with one of the biggest bands from round these parts. Orbital are back with a track called Kinetic 2017, which is a remix of an Orbital side project release from 1992:
It’s December – we should be writing our end of year round up, but instead we’ve got more music to post, so here goes. Bentcousin actually sent us their new track nearly a month ago, but they sent it to us in a twitter DM and we missed it, but we’ve found it again, and here it is. Tonight I Feel Like I’m In Love is another collaboration with Alcatraz Electro and is a sizzling disco number:
Gang recently had a double A side out a few weeks ago. We featured the video for A side Dead when it came out, and now AA side Enough Nothing also has a video:
Emberhoney sent us their new video two days ago, and for us to turn things round that quickly is quite good for us, but in this case it’s not quite good enough, because it’s meant that we’ve missed out on telling you about their gig at the Brunswick tonight. Maybe if you ran down there as soon is I make this post you might catch the end of the set, but any later than that and you’ll just have to console yourself with the video for Some Kind of Alchemy:
A couple of years ago Us Baby Bear Bones were one of Brighton’s great hopes. They had great tunes, they had a unique style, but most of all they had charisma by the bucketload. But then in 2014 they split up and things have been quiet since, until today when Sun Sets East by TEEFF, a new project by UBBBs Puff Gandalfo, was premiered on the 405:
Lastly, Fear of Men have a new single out called Change Me, which is an alternate version of Erase (Aubade) from this year’s album Fall Forever. The band have got form for releasing alternate versions of their tracks (There was a French version of Luna a few years ago), and this release is a bit faster than the album version and has more percussion. You can buy the track on the Fear of Men Bandcamp page:
OK, so we’ve got a LOT of catching up to do. Life’s throwing lots of distractions at me which means that blogging doesn’t get nearly as much time as it ever used to. I started writing this blog post over a week ago, so even once I post this I’m playing catch up. Let’s just plug ahead shall we?
First up is Bentcousin, who’ve collaborated with Alcatraz Electro on a New Order-esque track called Everybody Loves The Weekend. Ideal to kick off a Saturday post with.
Here’s this week’s dose of new music, catching up after a break last week when we slacked a bit because it was Easter.
The first tune this week is the debut single from Tom White’s new band The Fiction Aisle. It’s a A-side with the track below A Promise Kept being backed with another new song Each & Every One. It came out yesterday on new Brighton label Chord Orchard and you can download it now from Bandcamp.
Next up is the new single from Black Honey. Spinning Wheel is the bands liveliest track yet. sounding like something from a Tarantino soundtrack. The single came out last week on Duly Noted records and is backed with Madonna, which we featured last month.
After a bit of a break (up until last week, the last time they had posted to their facebook page was February 2014), The Bobby McGees are back. Four new tracks have been posted to Jimmy McGee’s YouTube page, with Kings of England being the track they used to tell us about the new material on facebok.
Back to the rock now for the new track from Jolta. One Apple Tree is taken from the band’s debut EP Sunset Surrender which came out last week:
Ambassadeurs new EP came out yesterday as an exclusive download on Beatport. If you buy your music elsewhere, you’ll have to wait until the end of the month, but till then here’s track two from the EP, My Way:
BentCousin have gone disco. Technically it’s not just Bentcousin, they’ve collaborated with Alcatraz for their joint new single Under The Sun, which you can pick up on Bandcamp for only a pound.
Last but by no means least is the new single from Bunty, which comes out on Beatabet next month. Before she releases We Are Here, Bunty is off on a tour of the UK which started earlier this month in Norwich and stops off at the Speigeltent as part of Brighton Fringe on 11th May. You’ll also be able to catch her a few days later as part of the Great Escape.
Here’s our mid-February new music round up. Since it’s only been a week since our last post, it’s a much more manageable chunk of tunes than last time!
Demob Happy have posted a new tune to coincide with news of the European tour that they’re heading off on next month. Young & Numb takes the band off to a heavier place than some of their previous releases, but there’s still plenty of melody in there. It comes out as a single later this year on Milk Parlour Records. The tour takes in Belgium, Denmark and Belgium before heading all around the UK, finishing off with a hometown gig at The Haunt on 24th April. A full list of tour dates is available on the band’s website.
Mount Bank premiered their new track Everything is Glass on The Fader last week, and now it’s publicly shared on soundcloud we can post about it too. It’s taken their upcoming EP Island Life, which is out on Donky Pitch on 9th March. Things start with glassy synths and a simple piano motif, with percussion and reverb building as the track goes on.
Yesterday Bentcousin tweeted at us to give us a heads up about their new track Time Will Tell. This is the band at their simplest – just Amelia (or at least, we couldn’t hear Patrick on the track), accompanied by an acoustic guitar:
Jolta‘s PR people have sent us four emails in the past five days about their debut EP Sunset Surrender, so they’re obviously keen for us to write about it. Sunset Surrender is also the name of the lead track, three and a half minutes of guitar and organ driven rock’n’roll, and comes out on Republic of Music on 6th April:
Last, but by no means least we have have Under Light Symphonies by Remi Miles. It’s taken from an EP of the same name which is out now and is a lovely breezy pop song to help you get rid of the thoughts of winter:
As Rob has been meticulously drip-feeding his top twenty from 2014 into the blog over the last few weeks, I thought I’d provide an alternative listing just to show the diversity of our blogging tastes. That meant, no duplication with the Rob-o-Sphere, and so out went Curxes, Cate Ferris, Fear of Men, all of which were excellent in my book.
That left me with the following selections capturing ten (well, eleven) of the brilliant sounds and songs that emerged from our fair city over the last year in a shambling semblance/pretence of order:
1 Bentcousin – Dizzy
These terrible twins have been drip-feeding the cosmos with some ace songs, but this was the killer track for me released on a vinyl 7 inch and with some super Brighton-relevant rapping from Rory P.
2 yourgardenday – Something in the Music
A gorgeous plea for tolerance and harmony and a love of music, this had a limited release last year as lead track on Robin Coward’s Flat Stream EP, finally getting a full on-line release this summer.
3 Time for T – Free Hugs
An adorable band writing some adorable songs, this slunk of 70s soul has a great chorus and a charming video in which the band spend the whole song hugging Brighton people. Did I say it was adorable?
4 Sharon Lewis – Boxer’s Glove
Released right at the tail end of last year, this came from the Simple Things EP that accompanied Sharon’s excellent album, a melancholic tale of domestic violence, harsh but beautiful.
5 Fragile Creatures – Fragile Creatures
This band write some classic pop and none better than this – the self-named winner from their first EP which came out this summer.
6 Ellie Ford – Low
Singer-songwriter who had her debut EP re-released by Hidden Trail Records this year, from whence came this song, and also released an excellent covers EP. Ellie Ford is a singer who just gets better and better and her debut album should come out next year.
7 AK/DK – Maxwell’s Waves
This track comes from their album titled ‘Synth + Drums + Noise + Space’ which kind of sums up their sound without the excitement of their stunning live shows.
8 Slum of Legs – Razorblade the tape
This band are manic live, and their initial punky 7″ single on the Tuff Enuff label captures just half of this energy. This was the b-side.
9 Fiona Sally Miller – Lanterns
From one of three EPs released on the same day, this was one of the proper songs rather than the underwater experimental or live tracks, but like so much of Miller’s work it sounded magical.
=10 The Delta Bell – Wasted
Hiawatha Telephone Company – Dave
‘Wasted’ is a classic rambling country song sung by the gorgeous tones of Kate Gerrard and hit all the right notes in my book.
Shamelssly squeezing an eleventh song into my top ten I’ll come clean and admit that I had a hand in ‘Dave’, but it’s a song that ought to resonate in 2015 it being election year. Ripe for a cover, but for now we have this.
This particular part of BMB tends to be a bit of a Grinch this time of year and would be minded to bury any band who recorded a Christmas song deep deep deep in the cold cold snow. But this year the little cockles that warm must have reached my heart because there have been what even I consider to be some very fine seasonal offerings from the local Brighton crew. The BMB mainstay will be back to restart his best-of-the-year list shortly, but in the meantime, here’s some jingle jangle sweetness for you.
We mentioned the Random Acts of Vinyl xmas EP a few weeks ago, but it’s so good we’ll mention it again. This time we’ll feature the Delta Bell, with Kate’s beaut of a 60s Phil Spector-influenced song Hey Santa Claus!
Next up are our favourite bentcousins, with an anti-Christmas break-up song. It’s simple and endearing, perfect for this time of year really if you’re sipping brandy alone and wrapping presents for one. .
Danny Green was a longstanding Brightoner, part of the Willkommen team and a regular feature on this blog thanks to two outstanding albums until he upped and moved to London earlier this year. However, as Laish he is still one of the finest writers of songs of a Brighton persuasion and he has just released a seasonal EP, with sad confessional songs that recount a depressing stay in a freezing Berlin, inform us that we are unlikely to get a present from Danny this year, and in his annihilation of Silent Night, a reminder that the usual drunken debauchery will probably end up in fighting. I love this a lot.
Finally we have a new upcoming release from electro-pop Becky Becky, out on Monday. it’s the usual dirty disco weirdness that we enjoyed on their album this year and you’re bound to love it. Here’s taster track, Bells Ringing, which should give you a flavour of what we’ll get on Monday.
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve made a New Music post – not because there hasn’t been good new music coming out, but because life’s got in the way – so we’ve got some catching up to do.
First up is the first music put online from the White brothers new project The Fiction Aisle. They’ve played a couple of gigs at the Prince Albert (with the next in their residency being on 26th November) but Blue is the first most people would have heard of the new band. Where Electric Soft Parade were all about a guitar based sound, The Fiction Aisle present beautiful shimmering pop:
Next up is a new tune from Ambassadeurs written while on tour recently in the States. From You is four minutes of effortless electronica.
BentCousin post up far more tracks than we get a chance to but their latest effort, Hid, is rather lovely, a simple string backed song with Amelia taking on the bulk of vocal duties.
Great Pagans launched their album Cupid In Error at the Green Door Store on 6th November at and haven’t rested on their laurels since then, sharing a remix of So Pure by fellow Brighton act Acquaintance.
Fickle Friends have breathed some new life into some of their old singles in the past few weeks, with a few remixes popping up and now a Vevo featured video of For You:
Time for T launch their self titled EP next Monday (24th November). They’re holding a London launch on the day, but the Brighton party isn’t until 13th December. As a taster, they’ve shared EP track Long Day Home
Last but by no means least is New Year’s Prayer, the lead track from Night House‘s upcoming debut EP, which is also self titled:
BentCousin have a new single out, in collaboration with producer Guiville. It’s called The Last One and features 80s guitars and the twins distinctive vocals, and is out now on Bandcamp:
Normanton Street‘s next EP comes out on 31st October. The EP’s called Much Respect, and the first track out there from it is One Evening. The launch party for the EP is on release day down at The Haunt.
We posted about the new Fire Eyes single, out this week, in our last New Music post where we posted up the AKDK remix. Here’s the original version of Hide Out:
The video for the new Ed Prosek single was premiered on Clash Music today. Hold On Tight came out last week, but the launch party is on Sunday 16th November at Bleach.
Finally, we have the debut single from a new Brighton band called Jolta. It’s called Easily Grounded and it’s released on 10th November via Republic of Music: